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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Private Reginald Hewitt Capreol ’09

Died: April 10, 1916

Lance-Corp. R. H. Capreol, 19th Battalion, was killed in action in France on April 10th, 1916. He was on duty in the front line trenches with the Grenade Section when an enemy shell bursting in close proximity to him killed him instantly. Rex Capreol was at the College from 1904- 1909. He was a very attractive boy, and very capable as he showed both in his work and sports while at school. After leaving College he went into the brokerage firm of Lyon and Plummer, where he remained until he enlisted.

“Cap,” as he was familiarly known, enlisted as a private and left for England in the spring of 1915, accompanied by several friends who had joined the same battalion. After a strenuous period of training in England the battalion left for the front, and had only been a short time in action when Capreol joined the Grenade Section. In this section he displayed great courage, and he had been recommended for a commission by Lieut. -Col. McLaren.

College Times (Summer 1916) pg. 4-5

More information about Private Reginald Hewitt Capreol ’09 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Imperial War Museum (UK) – Lives of the First World War

Canadian Great War Project

Canada At War

Commonwealth War Graves Commission